A gastroenterologist is a doctor who studies your digestive system's organs, particularly the biliary organs and GI tract (esophagus, stomach, and intestines) (your liver, bile ducts, pancreas, and gallbladder.) Our medical professionals at Summit Digestive and Liver Disease Specialists in Chicago, IL, may recommend an ultrasound if you experience pain in these areas to determine the source, rule out kidney or gallbladder stones, and check for abnormalities or maladies. There are different types of ultrasounds for different parts of the body. For example, an endoscopic ultrasound examines the lungs, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder, while a colonoscopy detects precancerous growths in the colon and rectum. Our doctor may also recommend an abdominal ultrasound to examine the abdominal wall and surrounding organs.
Why Would a Gastroenterologist Order an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound (sonography) produces real-time photographs of the inside of your body by using high-frequency sound waves. This imaging allows our doctor to see your inner organs and tissues in a non-intrusive manner. The goal of an ultrasound is to ensure the health of the abdominal structures by checking for obstructions, blockages, infections, abscesses, tumors, or cysts. If you have problems with your esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, or liver, our doctor may recommend a routine colonoscopy or endoscopy. The type of ultrasound in Chicago, IL, our doctor recommends will depend on your symptoms. Our doctor will prepare you for the procedure beforehand, and discuss aftercare instructions.
If you need an ultrasound in Chicago, IL, it's a noninvasive way for our doctor to see your internal organs and tissues and eliminate any concerns about dangerous medical conditions. Visit our website to learn about services provided by Summit Digestive and Liver Disease Specialists. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at one of our many locations, or if you have questions or concerns regarding an ultrasound in Chicago, IL, call (630) 889-9889.